From slamming #MeToo to tweeting QAnon slogan, 8 times Kirstie Alley made headlines for wrong reasons
LOS ANGLES, CALIFORNIA: Kirstie Alley, 71, died on December 5 after a long battle with cancer. Kirstie had an amazing Hollywood career since getting her first acting role as Vulcan Saavik in 1982's 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'. She continued to succeed on both the big and small screens, as her crowded IMDb profile illustrates. She collaborated with John Travolta on the film, 'Look Who's Talking', which spawned not one, but two sequels. After the departure of the show's original actress Shelley Long, she became a part of the popular NBC comedy 'Cheers'. She then starred in her own series on the same channel, 'Veronica's Closet'.
The direction of Alley's Hollywood career changed by the 2010s. She had a role in 'Scream Queens' second season as well as guest appearances on sitcoms. She also had a starring role in the brief-lived comedy Kirstie. In 2011, Alley competed in 'Dancing With the Stars' and came in second on the 22nd episode of 'Celebrity Big Brother'. In the midst of this, she began to lose her reputation as an actress and instead became well-known for her divisive ideas on a variety of topics, including politics, sexual misconduct, and psychiatry, which she frequently expressed on social media. Here are the eight times the late actress Kirstie made headlines for her controversial views:
Kirstie Alley caused a stir with her opinion on #MeToo
Kirstie Alley shared a strongly opposing viewpoint during the #MeToo movement on Twitter, arguing that it was improper for someone to lose their job due to unproven allegations. She tweeted, "What the hell is happening?" We now live in a country where people lose their jobs when accused of something without proof or trial or in some cases with anonymous accusers? Can't confront your accuser? This is bulls**t. And it hurts the real victims of abuse and innocent people." People who believed she was making reference to 'Today' host Matt Lauer, who was let go from NBC the same day following an investigation into numerous complaints, reacted negatively to her remark. Alley refused to accept it. She responded with another tweet, writing, "I may be mistaken (I'm not) I don't believe I've ever mentioned Matt L. in ANY tweet EVER.. another example of MISDUPLICATION run a muck."
What the hell is happening? We now live in a country where people lose their jobs when accused of something without proof or trial or in some cases w anonymous accusers? Can't confront your accuser? This is bullshit. And IT HURTS THE REAL VICTIMS of abuse. AND innocent people.— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) November 29, 2017
I may be mistaken (I'm not) I don't believe I've ever mentioned Matt L. in ANY tweet EVER.. another example of MISDUPLICATION run a muck— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) November 30, 2017
'Linked mass shooting to psychiatry'
Alley is a proud follower of Scientology. As a result, she adheres to the controversial stances on psychiatry held by the founder of Scientology, L Ron Hubbard, which are best summarized by the Los Angeles museum sponsored by Scientology called 'Psychiatry: An Industry of Death'. The academic journal, Mental Health, Religion & Culture, released an article in 2014 that stated, "For decades, Scientology has waged a worldwide war against psychiatry."
After a shooting rampage at a Las Vegas music festival in 2017, calls for stricter gun control laws grew, but Alley had a different take: the real issue was psychiatric medications, not firearms. She posted on Twitter, "We have to solve the mystery of Why there were no 'shooters' or almost 0 before the 1980s.I know one common denominator other than guns." In a separate tweet, the late actress added, "additional common denominator" in mass shootings is America's "mass usage of psychiatric drugs. A % do have side effects of VIOLENCE & SUICIDE." Alley's notion received criticism and outrage, as one might expect, with one Twitter user summarizing the prevailing opinion by writing, "You're absolutely ridiculous. This is not the time for this crap."
We have to solve the mystery of Why there were no "shooters" or almost 0 before the 1980's.I know one common denominator other than guns— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) October 2, 2017
One additional common denominator of "shooters" is USA's mass usage of psychiatric drugs. A % do have side effects of VIOLENCE & SUICIDE.— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) October 2, 2017
They actually help more than they harm. You’re absolutely ridiculous. This is not the time for this crap.— Steph (@spooniesteph7) October 2, 2017
Kirstie Alley was confronted by the American men's curling team
Kirstie Alley wrote a careless tweet while watching the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and it ended up causing her the trouble. She stated in a since-deleted tweet "I'm not trying to be mean but...... Curling is boring," as per ET Canada. The US men's curling squad, who were in the process of taking home their first-ever gold medal, were attentive to what she had to say. The group responded sharply, firing back. They tweeted with hashtag #justsaying, "We're not trying to be mean either but your movies weren't exactly riveting theater Kirstie."
The Twitter users found it humorous and chimed in with their typical sarcasm. One user joked, "The Twitter feud that 2018 has been demanding." And a curling fan wrote, "Curling is cool, I Pity The Fool who don't like Curling! Grrr #curlingiscoolfool." When Alley realized what had happened, she went back to Twitter and offered to pay curling "another chance." The team responded to her tweet with grace and offered her and her son team shirts as well as an invitation. She responded, "I'm in!"
Ok I'm gonna give it another chance! My son loves watching Curling! He doesn't love figure skating which I do so we can make each other give 2nd chances today!! ❤️❤️ https://t.co/lFJkFF9ioP— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) February 20, 2018
Awww @kirstiealley, we knew you'd come around! Allow us or our good friends at @HollywoodCurl to show you and your son the ropes sometime. In the meantime, let us outfit you both with a @usacurl shirt. #TeamKirstie #TeamShuster #TeamUSA #curling #cheers https://t.co/hI8PIgqzOH— Team Shuster (@TeamShuster) February 20, 2018
'Called Oscar inclusive rules a disgrace'
The lack of diversity among the nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards sparked concern when they were announced. White men dominated the list, prompting candidate presenter Issa Rae to sarcastically remark, "Congratulations to those men," in reference to the lack of female directors in the Best Director category. In response, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced new "inclusion standards" for Best Picture nominees to better "reflect the diverse world around us."
Kirstie Alley did not think the rule change was a progressive first step toward increasing inclusivity, despite the fact that many in Hollywood did. Alley penned a critical and later deleted tweet, saying, "This is a disgrace to artists everywhere... can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his f**king paintings. You people have lost your minds. Control artists, control individual thought .. OSCAR ORWELL," as per ET Canada. In another tweet, she said, "I am 100% behind diversity inclusion & tolerance. I'm opposed to MANDATED ARBITRARY percentages relating to hiring human beings in any business."
I deleted my first tweet about the new rules for best movie OSCARS because I feel it was a poor analogy & misrepresented my viewpoint. I am 100% behind diversity inclusion & tolerance. I’m opposed to MANDATED ARBITRARY percentages relating to hiring human beings in any business.— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) September 9, 2020
'Will & Grace' cast vs Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley became embroiled in yet another controversy when Debra Messing and Eric McCormack, stars of the television show Will & Grace, responded to an article in The Hollywood Reporter about a charity event for President Donald Trump. Messing wrote in a now-deleted tweet, "Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know," as per Page Six. McCormack added, "Hey, @THR, Kindly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don't wanna work with."
Alley appeared to criticize the two and wrote, "I refuse to be part of the Hollywood a**hats who can't see that 'NOT working with Republicans' is as stupid and NASTY as 'REFUSING to do business with gay people'..STOP ACTING above the FRAY ya damn hypocrites... WE are the same species! let's help each OTHER ya damn yahoos."
I refuse to be part of the Hollywood asshats who can’t see that “NOT working with Republicans” is as stupid and NASTY as “REFUSING to do business with gay people”..STOP ACTING above the FRAY ya damn hypocrites...WE are the same species! let’s help each OTHER ya damn yahoos ❤️❤️❤️— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) September 7, 2019
After receiving a barrage of criticism, including harsh tweets from Patricia Arquette and Tom Arnold, Alley responded with more tweets in an effort to explain her views. Sadly, she only made her situation worse. She finally expressed regret, "Hey if I offended anyone today, and I did, I'm sorry."
Hey if I offended anyone today, and I did, I’m sorry. I don’t know every word that would be considered wrong or offensive but I, like you, learn as I go along. ✍🏻Noted ❤️— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) September 8, 2019
When Alley lauded Trump's pandemic response
In March 2020, the US coronavirus started to spread. Vox's narrative of the Trump administration's reaction to the Covid-19 outbreak depicts months of errors and failures, but Alley evidently didn't see it that way. She tweeted, " "Dear Mr. President, @realDonaldTrump I wanted to thank you for ur recent decorum, sincerity, & care towards us. You're taking charge & leading in a manner needed & wanted for this country. I highly commend you for ur boundless energy & willingness to solve problems. Thank you." The president himself responded to Alley's post and expressed gratitude.
Dear Mr. President, @realDonaldTrump— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) March 24, 2020
I wanted to thank you for ur recent decorum, sincerity, & care towards us. You’re taking charge & leading in a manner needed & wanted for this country. I highly commend you for ur boundless energy & willingness to solve problems. Thank you
Thank you Kirstie! https://t.co/EHQHglKDCN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2020
Unsurprisingly, Alley received praise from the right and contempt from the left, with the latter group having a much larger majority. The dominant opinion was captured in a Twitter remark that made reference to one of her biggest hits, "Look Who's Talking Nonsense."
Look Who’s Talking Nonsense— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) March 24, 2020
Accused Joe Biden of using 'racial slurs'
On Hannity's Fox News program, Sean asked Alley to comment on presidential contender Joe Biden's tribute to the late Sen. Robert Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan member. Alley retaliated by outright labeling the former vice president of the United States as racist. She told Hannity, "When your gaffes are constantly — when [Biden] said, you know, 'You ain't Black if you're not voting for me,' and, you know, these constant gaffes that have these actual racist overtones," referring to Biden's controversial conversation with radio personality Charlamagne Tha God. In the interview, Biden said, "Well, I tell you, if you can't decide if you're for me or Trump, then you ain't Black." He later expressed regret, telling CNN, "I shouldn't have been so cavalier."
"And I'm like, 'No!' You maybe get one [gaffe] where you accidentally say something inappropriate, but it's pretty constant," Alley stated. "I mean, it is constant, isn't it? Those are racial slurs."
Kirstie Alley tweets QAnon slogan
Members of QAnon are known to use the phrase "Where we go one, we go all," which is sometimes abbreviated as WWG1WGA. When Kirstie Alley tweeted those same lines along with an American flag emoji, it appeared as though she was endorsing QAnon. She received criticism from everyone else while being welcomed as one of the QAnon community.
But Alley said that she didn't know what she had written. She tweeted, "I don't know what 'Q' is." She said in a later tweet, writing, "Well no one in Q has been mean or hateful to me... it's the Q haters who are acting hideous. I think I used a slogan from Q. I liked it. it sounded like something the Marines would say."
I don’t know what “Q” is but these mean people think I am one and they clearly hate Q.. So They are saying the meanest things ever and none of them follow me ..help😬😬😬Im blocking them as fast as I can.. but they are like swarms of killer bees— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) October 9, 2020
Well no one in Q has been mean or hateful to me.. it’s the Q haters who are acting hideous. I think I used a slogan from Q. I liked it. it sounded like something the marines would say🤷♀️ https://t.co/gLn4pz18gp— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) October 9, 2020
Kirstie Alley was a sarcastic and self-described Fat Actress as well as a particularly volatile Twitter user who was never afraid to speak her mind. she even 'fought' the life-threatening disease with a lot of strength.